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So What Do You Really Do? A podcast hosted by Deadair Dennis Maler talking with comedians, artists, and entertainers about their day jobs. Deadair Dennis is a comedian, a radio vet, and entertainer who has held many terrible day jobs while trying to achieve his goal of paying his rent from performing. Over the years he has worked in construction, restaurants, sales, radio, and soul-sucking, florescent lit offices. Luckily over the years he has met a staggering amount of other artists who hav ...
 
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The Call Girls w/ Jessica Kirson & Rachel Feinstein On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with comedian, actor, and producer Jessica Kirson. You know Jessica from The Howard Stern Show, sharing the screen with the likes of Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, and Robert De Niro, and her character videos that have garnished millions of views online. She produ…
 
Jack Ballard of Hal Daddy’s On this episode of the podcast is musician, comedian, and former doorman of Hal Daddy’s, Jack Ballard. This is a very long overdue conversation. In the early 2000s, while I was still in college, I had an internet radio show, long before anyone’s computers could play streaming audio (well, it was on FM, but the signal was…
 
Wayne Federman chronicles the business of joke-telling. Available every where books and eBooks are. On this episode of the podcast, I spoke with comedian, actor, author, and stand-up historian Wayne Federman. It would be fortuitous that I would talk to Wayne about his new book. The night before I received an email from his publicist, I was watching…
 
On this episode of the podcast I spoke with, from a safe and social distance, comedian and improviser Jacob Williams. We talked about how he became a cast member on Wild N Out, doing comedy in the age of zoom, getting over social anxiety, and more. Jacob has a new, self-produced, comedy special coming to YouTube 8PM EST on Wednesday, December 23rd.…
 
On this episode of the podcast I chatted with comedian, transcriber, and producer Kelly Zemnickis. This is a great of example of something good to come out of the pandemic. Had it not been for Coronavirus, online/virtual comedy shows and festivals, Kelly and I would have never met. We discussed politics, working on TV shows in Canada, how see feel …
 
On this episode of the podcast I talked with musician, producer, world traveler, and friend Terrance Reeves. As you’ll hear in the podcast Terrance and I became friends when I was attending The Open Mic Jam him and Andrew Geano co-hosted together at various locations. Their mixed open mic of music, comedy, poetry, and sometimes weird shit was very …
 
On this episode of the podcast I spoke with comedian and television writer Alex Edelman. We talked about his special Saturday Night Seder, which has raised over $3.5 million for charity. Also writing for a network TV show, where he was when the Covid quarantine started, antisemitism, and his new album Until Now. Which is out now everywhere you get …
 
On this episode of the podcast I talked to comedian, actor, and owner of Salem Historical Tours Giovanni Alabiso. Gio and I talked about comedy, acting, and, of course, on set gossip. We also discussed how his company is adapting to the every changing pandemic quarantine. I love how he has created his own virtual tours around Salem and how they are…
 
On this episode of the podcast I spoke with comedian and public school English teacher Kristine Blinn. I think it’s important to hear from the voices of people who are most affected by everything that’s going on during quarantine. Who has been affected more than teachers and students? This was a fun and uplifting conversation. Kristine is one of my…
 
On this episode I spoke with Jennie Stencel. In addition to being the owner of The Idiot Box Comedy Club, she is also founder of the North Carolina Comedy Festival. We talked about the potential reopening of the club and what may or may not happen in the future for her comedy festival. And if you would like to see Jennie’s rapping weather report, I…
 
On this episode of the podcast I talked to comedian and law student Laura Lyons. However, before listening to the episode I feel I have to issue a trigger warning, because I don’t want to get messages of people upset about the content of this episode. On May 19th (which was my birthday), just a few days ago, I saw a very heavy post from Laura about…
 
On this episode of the podcast I spoke with, from a safe distance, comedian Emily Ruskowski. In addition to being one of the funniest comedians I know, she is a licensed social worker dealing with teenagers. We talked about how the recent quarantine has affected her clients, their families, and the way she and her coworkers do their job. Music in t…
 
On this episode of the podcast I talked with comedian and podcaster Ken Reid about how the recent Covid-19 crisis has changed his job working in Medicaid insurance industry. We talked about how he’s coping with, not working from home, but having to help his coworkers who aren’t as qualified to, how this quarantine will inspire creativity in comedy,…
 
On this episode of the podcast I talked with Chris Trew, who is a comedian and owner of The New Movement, a comedy club, theatre, and school in New Orleans. We discussed what his preparations were for the upcoming quarantine, how things have changed, what he’s doing to keep the theatre afloat, and his optimism for how all this will turn out in the …
 
On this episode of the podcast I talked with, from a safe distance, DMV area comedian Rob Maher. He has opened for such big names as David Koechner, Tiffany Haddish, and more. We talked about where Rob was when the quarantine started, how it has affected his career, where he thinks we’ll be after this all ends, and much more. Check out Rob’s new co…
 
On this episode of the podcast I talked remotely with comedians Dan Martin and Andrew Mayer about how the recent Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine has affected their expected comedy album releases. Please support comedians during this maddening time by listening to both Dan and Andrew’s albums. And, lastly, times are tough for everyone right now, bu…
 
Humor, music, and why Andy Borowitz is the absolute worst, with the creators of punk’s satirical savior This week on the podcast I spoke with founders of The Hard Times website, a punk-rock satirical comedy site. Not a day goes by in which one of my musician friends don’t post a Hard Times article, or I see one of their headlines and think “Fuck! I…
 
The NY Comedian’s Crush on Boston Bill Burr Presents Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This On this episode of the podcast I spoke with comedian Paul Virzi. He’ll be performing at Laugh Boston June 27th – 29th. This interview was setup in conjunction with DigBoston. This is a follow up interview with Paul. 2 years ago local comedian Tommy O’Deeds interviewed Pa…
 
Diversity in SciFi Left to Right: Paul Salamoff, Meghann Ackermann, Izzy Lee, Deadair Dennis, Pat Bordenave, and Andre Green. This episode of the podcast was recorded live at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square as part of the 44th Annual Boston SciFi Film Festival. This panel was called PEELING THE COVER: Diversity in Science Fiction and featured fi…
 
Industry Tricks of the Trade Left to Right: Marco Deluca, Kelley Slagle, Brian Stillman, Taryn O’Neil, and John Burr This episode of the podcast was recorded live at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square as part of the 44th Annual Boston SciFi Film Festival. This panel is called Inside Dope: Industry Tricks of the Trade and featured documentary filmma…
 
Doing It Down & Dirty Left to Right: Marco DeLuca, Peter Stray, Taryn O’Neil, Paul J. Salamoff, & Deadair Dennis This episode of the podcast was recorded live at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square as part of the 44th Annual Boston SciFi Film Festival. This panel was called DIY SCIFI: Doing It Down & Dirty and featured filmmaker Paul J. Salamoff (En…
 
Loving SciFi in a Dystopian Future Left to Right: Deadair Dennis, Adrian Ryan, Julia Rios, & Paul J. Salamoff This episode of the podcast was recorded live at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square as part of the 44th Annual Boston SciFi Film Festival. This panel is called Who Are They? (Loving SciFi in a Dystopian Future) and featured filmmaker Paul J…
 
The Disturbing Mind Of A Magic & Comedy Teacher. On this episode of the podcast I sat down with Magician, Comedian, and Teacher of comedy at Emerson College Mike Bent. I’m so glad I could finally sit down and talk with him. I’ve wanted him on my podcast long before the introduction of the Comedy Studies major at Emerson College. I wanted to know wh…
 
Director of the documentary Life After Flash Pic via Harry O. Lohr Jr Today on the podcast I found the lost interview from Boston SciFi Film Fest with documentary filmmaker Lisa Downs. I was really glad Lisa could make time to sit down and talk with me. She had a very busy schedule premiering her film Life After Flash (available on VOD February 26t…
 
FROM TEACHER, TO COMEDIAN, TO AMERIKAN WARRIOR Today on the podcast I sat down on the phone with comedian and actor Erik Griffin, who may know most as Montez on Workaholics. By the way, I meant to ask him how much he hates being called that by people just yelling it at him in the airport, but I forgot. This was a fun interview, after a few question…
 
WELL-KEPT SECRET IN THE DORK FOREST EXPLAINS IT ALL Photo credit Luke Fontana On this episode of the podcast I talk with comedian and podcaster Jackie Kashian. Despite earlier technical difficulties that I will not go into, it was a fantastic conversation about Armenian jokes, podcasting, and much more. Jackie will be here in Boston Saturday, Janua…
 
Today on the podcast I spoke with comedian, television writer, and host Guy Branum! This interview was done in part with an article for DigBoston, which you can read by clicking here. This was a fun, quick chat with Guy about video games, writing for TV, what makes for a good interview, and his new book, My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)P…
 
Boston’s Mother-Daughter Comedy Combo Today on the podcast I sat down and talked with mother and daughter comedians Kathe & Jessica Farris. This is another podcast I did in conjunction with a DigBoston article. We talked about how each got into comedy, their similarities and differences, and we play a fun game. Music in this episode by my good frie…
 
Well, this episode of the podcast is a bit of a divergence from the norm; although regular listeners may be used to that by now. To start off with, I was fired (laid off, same thing) from my job in radio. 15 years I worked for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia/Total Traffic and Weather Networks came to an end last week. We used to joke about how I had 9 li…
 
This week on the podcast I sat down with comedy teacher and fellow comedian Dana Jay Bein. We talk about stand up comedy, improv, the early days of ImprovBoston, starting his career as a comedy teacher, where he’s at with it now, hottubbing, and much more. You can also read the shortened version of the interview that I wrote up for DigBoston by cli…
 
This episode of the podcast I had a quick chat with comedian Joel Kim Booster. He will be headlining Laugh Boston June 21st – 23rd. For tickets and more info go to: https://www.laughboston.com/event/1596520-joel-kim-booster-boston/ We talked about working out, gym stories, doing stand up comedy at festivals, and more. This interview was for DigBost…
 
A Day In the Life of a Mom, Writer, and Orphan Author Laurie Kilmartin Today on the podcast I talked to comedian and late night talk show monologist Laurie Kilmartin. Laurie is headlining Laugh Boston May 31st – June 2nd. The conversation was for an article for DigBoston newspaper, which you can read online or pick up at newsstands near you in the …
 
Women of Boston Comedy Talk Boston Comedy Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Kelly MacFarland, Carolyn Plummer, Nonye Brown-West, Tricia Auld, Christa Weiss, & Sarah Martin Recently I decided to sit down with a few of Boston’s premiere female comedians for a “State of the Union” of being a woman in Boston Comedy. The idea came while trying to think of a…
 
Since I haven’t uploaded an interview in a very long time (I’m working on the new home studio, so I’ll be back soon), I figured in the meantime let’s take a departure from the norm and upload this Roast Battle my friend Justin P. Drew hosted. This was the one year anniversary of his open mic at The Blarney Stone in Dorchester. Afterwards we had cak…
 
On this episode of the podcast I sat down and talked with filmmaker Dianne Carroll about her time in the military as a counterintelligence agent, interrogations, veteran benefits, mental health, and making movies. Music in this episode by my good friends Scott Lester & The Dirty Dottys. The post Counterintelligence Agent & Filmmaker Dianne Carroll …
 
This week on the podcast I sat down with Baltimore comedians Josh Kuderna and Umar Khan at their home in Hampden just blocks from where the Charm City Comedy Festival was happening. Josh and I ran into each other my night of the festival outside of Golden West Cafe. Had a real quick ‘HEY WHAT’S UP?! Oh, while I’m in town, let’s do a podcast tomorro…
 
On this episode of the podcast I sat down and talked barbering and comedy with New York comedian and Average Black Man Kenny Warren from Comics Cutting Comics. Kenny is a comedian that has been cutting hair for 30 years. In addition to that Kenny is also a comedian and a father, which we discuss the hoops that need to be jumped through to in life a…
 
This week on the podcast I quickly sat down with Tom and Kerri Louise Cotter to talk about parenting while doing comedy. Tom and Kerri are both from New England and on Last Comic Standing season 2. Since they met they moved to New York to pursue their respective comedy careers, got married, had 3 boys (2 of which are twins), and had a reality show.…
 
This week on the podcast I sat down and spoke with former political campaign activist, former sex worker, and comedian Kaytlin Bailey. She was in Boston for the Women in Comedy Festival and to kick off the Cake Comedy Tour. We talked about having to stay in an AirBnB with the fear of bedbugs, putting together a comedy tour, being a political activi…
 
This week on the podcast is good friend from Baltimore, now living in New York City, writer and comedian Ben Rosen. Ben and I met before I started doing comedy through mutual friends, one a comedian, one who wasn’t. We instantly got a long. We didn’t really keep in touch other than over Twitter and Facebook, so when I started to do standup, I messa…
 
Today on the podcast Videographer and musician Mike Rickshaw of the band Mickey Rickshaw. I met Mike at an open mic in Jamaica Plain about 8 or 9 months ago, and we finally now were able to get together for this podcast. I was hoping some members of the band were going to show up, so we could get a live acoustic performance in the home studio, but …
 
My guest on the podcast are the amazingly talented musicians Nancy Hornburg and Sue Werner of the band War on Woman. Nancy is actually a very old friend of mine from my earlier days in music and radio. Sue is the bass player in the band, and basically lives the life that is the epitome of this podcast. By day she’s a data analyst for John Hopkins H…
 
Continuing with music month all July is my good friend and drummer Chris Eller. Chris was in Boston on tour as the drummer for CJ Ramone, which he explains the unusual method he used to get into the band, we talk about old hot spots we used to play at in Baltimore, his job working for a moving company, and life as a musician on tour. If you enjoyed…
 
This episode of the podcast I got to get out of the studio and onto a boat with The Dirty Dottys. A Boston based Jazz, ska, swing, rock, pop, band. The group is comprised of four music teachers, a scientist, and a musical therapist. This was a fun podcast listening to how each of them are different types of music teachers, finding out what music th…
 
This is a special bonus swapcast episode with fellow podcaster Steven Richard K from Search for a Cohost podcast and sketch group Mister Bismuth. We don’t actually get into Steven’s day job because he keeps that separate from his comedy life, which is foreign and weird to me. We talk about that, when and how he got into sketch comedy and how he met…
 
Ending radio month on the podcast is my good friend Jackson Blue. Jackson and I used to work together in Baltimore at a different station, he left for Boston, and after a few years helped me get my job up here. This was one of my favorite podcasts because we really get into the passion that radio is to both of our careers. We also discuss how being…
 
My guest on the podcast this week is reporter, writer, and musician David Tanklefsky. Continuing with radio month (even though it’s now July), Davis is a fellow radio coworker. He and I work together, he as the traffic reporter, me as the producer. He is currently on TV as the in-house morning traffic reporter for local cable television station NEC…
 
Continuing with radio month here on the podcast my guest this week is good friend Scott Lester. He is both the producer for syndicated radio shows The Kane Morning Show and Club Kane and a musician. We talk about his career in radio, music, how he got started in both, the progression so far, and what the future might hold for both jobs. And we ment…
 
Thank you so much for downloading and listening to this week’s episode. This is kicking off a month of all radio people guests. All friends who work in the business of radio informing and entertaining people every day. My first guest is Joanna/Josie/Jo, however you know her from TMZ, WHFS & MIX 106.5 in Baltimore, from radio in Hanover, PA or just …
 
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